Steelasophical is a leading provider of Caribbean musical entertainment

Presented by Gary Trotman with music in the James Bond 007 movie Casino Royale,

Internationally selling recording artist, full time music professional

and even a winning entertainment performance on TV’s Come dine with me

Steel Band

Steelasophical Steel band, mobile dj, vocal entertainer and limbo by design cabaret is perfect whether it’s friends and family coming together to celebrate a wedding, a ballroom full of corporate guests to impress, students at their prom, or even just a good old fashioned birthday party, we know how to make your event a memorable occasion for all the right reasons … does not even have to be Caribbean themed!

                                                                       Gary Trotman – Steelasophical

We bring the Caribbean to you

Music to Vow : Wow : Mix : Mingle : Wine : Dine & Dance

Steel Band :-: Caribbean Mobile Dj :-: PA & Lighting

International selling music artist

Music used in the James Bond 007 movie Casino Royale

Winning UK TV entertainment performance

Full time music professional

Gary Trotman (MIIE EngTech LCGLI)

Gary Trotman with music used in the James Bond 007 ‘Casino Royale’

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Sony Music are by far the biggest in Music world-wide. Their catalogue and music database spans many millions of music tracks, yet when Sony Music wanted to add a unique tropical musical flava to their new production James Bond 007 Casino Royale, they looked no further than the partnership of ARC Music and Steelasophical.

Permission was sought from Sony Music (and granted) and today you can hear our tropical sounds within the movie and see our name in the credits.

It has the distinction of being the only music used in the film (other than the title track – You Know My Name)

Gary Trotman – Jamaica Farewell


Martin Young, Come dine with me winner

Gary Trotman as seen on TV. 

A winning musical entertainment performance on this iconic TV food show.

“I was chosen to appear on c4 come dine with me in April. It was a Caribbean theme evening and I thought what better way to entertain than to have a steel band. Gary was amazing. It was like we were really in Barbados. I honestly believe that it was because of his amazing performance that I went on to win.

Thank you so much Gary”

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ARC Music Production International 

International selling artist Gary Trotman with music selling in over 42 countries worldwide

This is a World record company specialising in authentic, roots, traditional music from virtually every country in the world. After listing to an concept album of mine called PanBrassOrama, they trusted in Steelasophical to award recording contracts which resulted in the production of 2 of the very best selling and most popular Caribbean Steeldrum albums ever! Selling world-wide in over 42 countries and available through every major music reseller (including iTunes, Amazon, HMV, Sony Music). The first album was realised in Nov 1999, and to this day retains its high retail price, where others have been deleted from catalogues or have had their prices slashed to medium / low due to falling sales 


After the wedding day our Steelpan band / DJ will not provide any further services after the wedding has finished, unlike a photographer for example who will have to edit your photos and put them into an album. It can be really useful for for other brides to hear about your experiences with your Steelpan band / DJ and if you get a moment, you should definitely leave a testimonial about your Steelpan band / DJ on an independent review site: free index, Google reviews, Facebook, trip advisor, etc.

Drop your Steelpan band / DJ an email and asks if they have a preferred platform for this. If you have any feedback about the services provided then it can be really helpful for the Steelpan band / DJ to know what you thought was really good and if there were any improvements that you could think of, or any areas where you felt the services was not as good as you expected.

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The Steelpan / DJ should provide moving dance floor lighting, lighting stands, lighting controllers, cables and all other lighting equipment required for your wedding disco. When you speak to a Steelpan / DJ , you should ask to see a photo or video that shows exactly what lights they will be providing if you book them to Steelpan / DJ at your wedding. It could also be a really good time to think about how you want your first dance photos to look. For example, if you book a Steelpan / DJ that uses a red and green laser then you will both be covered in red and green dots in all of your first dance photos. 

Decorative uplighting transforms the area around the dance-floor and paints the walls with light.

or your first dance, the lights can be set to your colour scheme to help your photographer create a fairytale first dance photo. For the rest of the evening, the lights respond to the music and create a lively and exciting environment for dancing!

When you think about how many up-lighters you need, you should consider what you would like to light up with the up-lighters. For example, you might want to

  • Uplight the pillars in the room 
  • Light up the beams in a barn 
  • Add light to a dark room
  • Light up the draping in a marquee

Decorative uplighting is a way to enhance the look of a dance-floor by lighting up the walls and ceilings around the dancing space. As your evening guests arrive and during your first dance, our up-lighters will be set to a colour of your choice.

For Toni & Callum wedding we provided lighting fx, uplighting and large LOVE lettering
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Music Choice Selection

We know that your mother in law probably wont share your passion for heavy metal, indie folk, fidget house, garage or jump up drum and bass.

This is where our skill and musical knowledge comes into play.

Our talented steelpan players and Dj specialise in making beautiful pan versions of songs that were never meant to be performed on a steelpan. You will love the cool tropical flava covers, your friends will love them too …!!

We will hunt out killer floor fillers, discover amazing remixes and find the best way of performing the music you love at your wedding or party


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That would be great, thank you so much. 

We thought it would be nice to support a local band in Nottingham but it’s not turned out very well – their correspondence has been terrible so lost confidence in them but have now decided it’s not worth the risk especially if it’s both afternoon and evening entertainment and on our wedding day – losing the deposit is fine – they only requested £55 as we booked 18 months in advanced. 

We understand you would want 40% deposit which would be fine – We’ve watched a lot of your youtube videos and read your reviews 🙂 

Kind regards

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As suppliers we each believe our own service help to most make these kind of days special. In reality, although one aspect may seem to shine above all others (Music, Flowers, Dress, Venue), we each contribute to the ‘whole’ and complement one another to make, as sen in this blog post.
In more recent times, weddings are taking on the more bespoke and theatrical theme, making the day totally unique to the tastes and representing the personality of the bride and groom!

Thank you Sarah Jane for the easy booking and cheerful responses to my endless pre-booking questions, and to Gary for providing perfect music for my father’s birthday. Lots of our guests commented on what fun it was to have calypso music. Gary is delightful. Thank you.

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“After researching, reading endless reviews and talking personally to dozens of Caribbean Steel Drum bands, we decided to book Steelasophical… They didn’t disappoint, they were professional, entertaining and overall amazing. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Steelasophical to any future clients.”


The band were booked for the wedding reception of my son and new wife.

The guys were brilliant, music was excellent, they were very smartly dressed and so pleasant to deal with.

From the initial booking of the event I was kept updated, the manager Gary responded straight away to any queries I had.

Overall a very professional band. I would not hesitate to recommend them.

Price wise, they were also one of the best and charged only half of what other bands quoted.

We ere able to offer a 50% discount due to a cancellation on an adjacent date

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Steelasophical performing for 'Oxford Brookes freshers Ball Oxford Town Hall

Great band! really worth the booking! thanks!

Simon 10/10

Thank you for arranging the music for us. We had a wonderful day.

Lizz 10/10

Great music, with lovely musicians! Thank you.

Jess 10/10

Brilliant – everyone commented how great the duo were. Many thanks- definitely book again in the future.

Nathan 10/10

Caribbean Steel were excellent and everyone at our corporate summer party loved the music, would highly recommend them.

Samantha 10/10

The band were booked for the wedding reception of my son and new wife. The guys were brilliant, music was excellent, they were very smartly dressed and so pleasant to deal with. From the initial booking of the event I was kept updated, the manager Gary responded straight away to any queries I had. Overall a very professional band. I would not hesitate to recommend them. Price wise, they were also one of the best and charged only half of what other bands quoted.

Arlene Dixon 10/10

would like to say how much the band was enjoyed. Extremely positive feedback from the attendees of the function. Please pass on our thanks and feedback to the band.

Julie 10/10

Thank you Sarah Jane for the easy booking and cheerful responses to my endless pre-booking questions, and to Gary for providing perfect music for my father’s birthday. Lots of our guests commented on what fun it was to have calypso music. Gary is delightful. Thank you.

Jessica 10/10

The caribbean steel band played at our wedding on 6th October. We were only expecting a solo performance but were delighted when a duo played. Throughout their performance they went that extra mile. Would highly recommend this band for any occasion. Many many thanks for making our day even more memorable.

Vicky and Rupert Claxton 10/10

We had the band up for our summer party last weekend and they were fantastic. Quick communication made organising the event as easy as possible, and on the day music was absolutely perfect! They judged the mood and the crowd brilliantly and played a wonderful set. Everyone has been asking when we will be having you back, so hope to see you soon!

Max Gold (University of Birmingham) 10/10

The Caribbean Steel Band were professional and fun. Early on arrival and had a really neat set up. The guests loved them and were invited to drink after the performance. Top musicians!

Alice Chattell (Freelance Event Planner) 10/10

Absolutly Fantastic !! Made the evening, everyone loved them and commented on. Thoroughly recommend. Music was awesome, smiley faces lovely and the outfits even better x

Jacki Calvert (Wedding) 10/10

I hired these lovely musicians for my son’s first birthday party in May. It was a great choice! They arrived ahead of scheduled, set up and played wonderfully! Everyone loved the music (which turned out to be a great choice for the little children as they were not scared and quite enjoyed the soft tunes) my son loved the steel drums and we all had a great time.

Nilsa 10/10

I would like to thank Gary, he was absolutely brilliant, and a gent. The college will definitely be inviting Gary back next year for Black History Month.

Mo Miah (Westminster Kinsgway College) 10/10

Gary was a pleasure to work with! He brought Caribbean flavour and sound to our launch party in Guernsey and created a memorable event for all who attended.

Anna Keating (KRyS Global) 10/10

Superb, music was wonderful – just right for our 7 year itch party! Gary was a star so relaxed and helped the party to really go with a spring. Could not have chosen a better booking and star performer – thoroughly recommend.

Julia Hill 10/10

Fantastic! The beach came to Buckland, the sun shone & Gary brought a smile to everyone’s faces!The music could be heard across the village & just added to the atmosphere of the day! Well done & thank you, it was great!

Claire Connolly (Buckland Apple day) 10/10

Gary was fantastic. He really made the atmosphere at our Apple Day very festive. We all enjoyed his music. He was on time, cheerful and I would highly recommend him for any event.

Sophie Sheard (Buckland Apple Day) 10/10

Gary was a fantastic steel drummer with such a great talent. After searching high and low for a valuable artist to play at my partners 30th surprise carribean themed birthday party, I most definitely made the right choice in booking Gary! He looked and sounded fabulous and was he high light of the night. Great thanks and will deffo book again!

Sarah Jane 10/10

Gary played at a drinks reception for my 60th birthday and he was very impressive. Infact the whole process of selecting and booking him was clear, simple and user friendly. At the event he was professional and the guests enjoyed his perfromance which set exactly the right tone I was aiming for to kick off the party. I would be more than happy to use him again and to recommend him to a friend.

Claudette 10/10

Our Residents had a great time last week at Merlewood when Gary came to perform the steel drums whilst they enjoyed their carribean themed lunch. The Residents are still talking about what how much they enjoyed Gary’s music. He really made it special for them. He’s the nicest guy and even stayed well over his paid time and didn’t finish playing till the residents had finished their lunch. We will definatley look forward to booking him again in the future.

Dan O’Reilly (Merlewood-Nursing Home) 10/10

I was chosen to appear on c4 come dine with me in april. It was a Caribbean theme evening and I thought what better way to entertain than to have a steel band. Gary was amazing. It was like we were really in Barbados. I honestly believe that it was because of his amazing performance that I went on to win. Thank you so much gary.

Martin young (Come dine with me winner. ) 10/10

Gary Trotman of Steelosophical was really excellent. Our charity event was brought to life with the amazing tropical sound that he produced. Everyone there was dancing to the music. Gary made the night!

John Edwards 10/10

Gary and Evrod have just played for us at the weekend and they were fantastic. They played for about 70 people at our garden party and everyone raved about their performance for days after, and I’m sure they will get many bookings from it. Thanks again and will certainly be using you in the future.

Nigel Bridges (The music appreciation society) 10/10

The evening for our community BBQ was cool and cloudy but Gary’s warm personality and the amazing variety of his caribbean steel band music brought a really sunny atmosphere to the event and put a smile on everyone’s face! Just brilliant! Thanks so much Gary.

Malcolm and Liz Cundy (Worle Baptist Church) 10/10

Gary played an essential part in making our summer event a great success. He is so skillful and his impact was marvellous. I wouldn’t hesitate in booking him again.

Victoria (Barbican) 10/10

They where fantastic and we want to thank them for all their time and hard work to make our evening perfect.

Caroline Sargeant (ST Josephs Events Team) 10/10

While most of our central arena acts cancelled with the terrible weather , Gary and his fantastic music brightened up the rest of our afternoon. Thank you so much for ending our event on a truly tropical note .

Teresa (St Helen’s School PTA) 10/10

On a dank, dreary morning they brought a smile to peoples faces and what can only be described as sunshine music. They got the Motor Show in Gloucester off to a happy start- we would certainly book them again, can’t wait!

Michael Williams (Gloucester Motor Show) 10/10

Thank you for a fantastic evening, all my guests had so much. Lovely to meet you, you were very accommodating playing anything and everything my guests Wanted to hear, so many brilliant comments. See you again I hope Jenny x

Jenny Berry (Recent wedding) 10/10

Thank you for a fantastic evening, all my guests had so much. Lovely to meet you, you were very accommodating playing anything and everything my guests Wanted to hear, so many brilliant comments. See you again I hope Jenny x

Jenny Berry (Recent wedding) 10/10

We have now had the pleasure of hiring Gary’s Caribbean Steel Drum Band on two occasions. On both occassions our guests were very impressed, as were we and I would not hesitate to recommend them. Their music is “happy” music and with it comes the “sunshine” even though it was a rainy Saturday in May 2012. Thank you for making my husband’s birthday party one to remember.

Denise Brittaine 10/10

Booked for my wedding in Surrey. Fantastic music. Fun and interactive entertainer, and even played numbers on request, which my guests loved. Very knowledgeable musician; approachable with extremely reasonable rate. Thank you for contributing to my wedding day and helping to make it such a success A+++

Fiona (For my wedding day) 10/10

greatr band unique sound very versatile great range of music to cover every taste, DJ services fabulous and big screen projector / screen and photography to capture the day and night. would definately book them again, the left no stone unturned and a fab night was had by all highly recommended. if you have not had the pleasure of hearing a unique steel band this is the one for you 😉

Sylvia Roberts 10/10

what a fantastic evening we all hear the steel band was such a great experience, a lot of my friends had never heard a steel band before, and they loved it!! as did.. thank you for making our nite so great.

dawn 10/10

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Steelasophical Steel Band Core Repertoire List


Somewhere over the Rainbow – (IZ Tropical Version & Acoustic)
Under the sea
Lorraine – Soca
Blue Bossa
Ole Lday Walk A Mile and a Half .. and She Dingolay – Calypso
Besame Muchos – Bosa
Guantanamera – Bossa Nova
Girl From Ipanema – Bossa nova
Island In The Sun – Traditional
Lady In Red – Ballad
Lady In Red – Reggae
Never on a Sunday -Cha Cha
Sloop John B – POP
Spanish Eyes – POP
Yellow Bird – Traditional
Oh Happy Day – Gospel
Yesterday – POP & Acoustic Versions
Autumn Leaves – Bosa
Bermuda Triangle – Tropical POP
Feelings – Bolero
How Insensitive – Bossa Nova
Jamaica Farewell – Traditional – this is the song used in the James Bond Movie Casino Royale
Just The Two of Us – R&B
Let It be Me – bolero
Hello – POP
I Just Called – POP
I love You Because – Country and Western
Put Your Sweet lips – Country and Western
Quizas – Latin
Sway – Latin
Isnt She Lovely – POP
Lovely Day – POP
River of Babylon – POP
Rivers of Babylon – Soca
You Got a Friend – MOR
Summertime – Trad Jazz
When I Fall In Love – Smooth Jazz
Redemption Song – Reggae
No Woman No Cry – Reggae
One Love – Reggae
Sweat – Reggae
Red Red Wine – Reggae
The Tide is high – Reggae
Blue Moon – Reggae
Is This love – Reggae
Night Nurse – Reggae
Three Little Birds – Reggae
Lambada – Latin
Congaline – Soca
El Cumbancero – Soca
Dollar Whine – Soca
Hot Hot Hot – Soca
MarryAnne – Soca
Now That we’ve found Love – Soca
When the saints go marching in – Soca
Say Say – Soca
Sugar Bum Bum – Soca
Valtatee – Soca
Layla – Pop
Brown Girl In the Ring – Calypso
Brown Girl In the Ring – Soca
Byhia Girl – Soca
Mash It Up – Soca


Hotel California – Reggae

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Get Lucky – Pharrell Williams

Message in a bottle

Oh Bla Di


Mas que nada

Chan Chan

St. Thomas

Lovely Day


Samba de Orfeu

Valerie – Amy Winehouse (reggae)

Angels – Robbie Williams

All of me –  John Legend

Rainorama – Lord Kitchener

Samba de O

Like a star

Comandante Che Guevara

Another Star

Just the two of us

Just the way you are

Aint no sunshine

Street Life

Master Blaster

Agua de Beber

The Chicken

Mas Que Nada

Danza Kuduro

Clara Nunes Feira

Cano Estremera –  Part Time Lover – Salsa

Part Time Lover – Stevie Wonder

Turn Me On

Get Lucky

Shes Not There

How wonderful you are


Story of the blues

Sultans of swing


Walking by myself

Imagine – Lenon

Chok there – Apache Indian

They cant take that away from me


El Cuarta de Tula

Monkey Man

Watermelon Man

Your first last everything

You’re 16

and more to come ….

Steel Band

Steelasophical is a small family run company based in leafy Buckinghamshire. We specialise in providing musical entertainment for a host of occasions and events all over the UK Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Wight, Wales and Northern Ireland.

As a wedding day music specialist, you can secure Steelasophical Steel Band to enhance any chosen part of your wedding day, including your Ceremony (including pre), Drinks Reception, Wedding Breakfast, pre evening to welcome arriving guests or for your Evening Celebrations. Our Steelasophical Steel Band, Caribbean Mobile Dj and Vocal Entertainer Services are also available to hire for your Party, BBQ, Launch Party, Public and Private Event, Carnival … in fact any situation where the transformation of atmosphere and mood is desired (does not have to be a Caribbean themed).

Although UK based, Steelasophical music reaches all parts of the globe, with Caribbean Steel Drums albums selling worldwide in every major music reseller (including iTunes, Amazon, Virgin Music). You will also find our music used in advertising, major filming and on tv.

Gary is proud to announce a great new service where you can hire PA and lighting to DIY – just plug in your iPad or Laptop and you are good to go! proving very popular for weddings and parties on a budget!! – ask for details

Steelasophical Caribbean is considered by many to be the Uk’s No.1 Choice, now booking into the next 3 years! We present a full-time professional service where ‘We bring the Caribbean to you‘ with Music to Vow Wow Mix Mingle Wine Dine & Dance

We Just Love Making People Happy! 

Steelasophical Caribbean is arguably the most popular, complete and trusted, dedicated Caribbean musical entertainment service in the UK.

Why Steelasophical Steel Band?

TRUST … Trust … trust …

  • Trusted by ARC Prod Int to produce premium priced worldwide selling Caribbean Steel Drum music albums
  • Trusted by Sony Music enough to use our music in the James Bond movie Casino Royale
  • Trusted by Martin in Chelmsford to help him win Come Dine With Me with our dining musical entertainment 
  • Trusted by every client to pay us a 40% deposit with balance paid 30 days prior to event!
  • Trusted by clients to book direct with unwavering confidence
  • Trusted to over deliver! (from arriving super early to providing extras Free Of Charge)

OK, so where to start?

Recommend highly that you start of by finding out more information about our services that may be of interest is to you, view our client testimonials and view live video footage:

  • Steel Band Solo 
  • Steel Band Duo
  • Steel Band Trio
  • Steel Band Quartet
  • Caribbean mobile dj
  • Vocal Entertainment
  • Limbo by Design
  • PA/Lighting Hire
  • Online Shop

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If you like what you hear and see, why not get in touch and get things started. I recommend doing that as soon as you can, as we are taking enquiries and bookings in to the next 3 years!

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We bring the Caribbean to you.

BUT … don’t be fooled into thinking it is just about Caribbean music!


Steelasophical is so versatile:

POP music by Amy Winehouse, Pharrell Williams, Robbie Williams

Reggae by Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, UB4O

Latin, Motown, POP, Jazz, Modern

Middle of the Road’ and even Classical

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Endless Possibilities: The Only Service You Need


Steelasophical can be your one stop shop entertainment solution. You and your guests will be transported into a world of uplifting and joyful mood change. You have access to one of the best Caribbean Steel drum bands in the world, a Caribbean mobile Dj service with over 77,000 of your favorite songs, a superb Vocalist entertainer / compere and you can even hire the best in quality PA systems and venue theme lighting.  You can trust in Steelasophical to enhance any single chosen part of your event, or trust in Steelasophical to take care of all your entire entertainemnt needs.


Consistently achieving: Total Professionalism


Music in the James Bond 007 movie Casino Royale

Winning entertainment performance on TV’s Come dine with me

Caribbean albums selling ‘world-wide’ in over 42 countries

Full-time music professionals (NOT a weekend hobby!)

Steelasophical are musicians who are also Musical Entertainers’ 

A leading UK based provider of musical entertainment

Album Sales World-wide
Ave Enquiries / Year
Social Media Followers
YouTube Channel Views

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Masters Of Many: One Stop Solution


Steel Drum Band Solo | Duo | Trio | Fouro

Caribbean Mobile DJ 10,000s of your fav songs

Vocal Entertainer Reggae, Soca, Motown, soul

Limbo by Design The ultimate in dance participation

PA & Lighting Transform any event with the best in sound & light

Recommended Venues (we offer up to 5% discount for performances at these great UK Venues)

Tithe Barn – Sandbanks Hotel – St Pierre Park Hotel, Chepstow– Crowne Plaza – Ickworth House – Knebworth – House – Rhinefield House – Monkey Island – Queens Eyot Island – Le Manoir – Celtic Manor – Cowley Manor – Shendish Manor – Stockbrook Manor – The Roof Gardens – Chewton Glen – Antsey Hall – Brocket Hall – Down Hall – Dumbleton Hall – Gibson Hall – Longstowe Hall – Newland Hall – Orsett Hall – Frensham Heights – The Hempel – Barnett Hill – Savoy Hotel – Millennium Hotel – (Mayfair) – Cannizaro House – The Italian Villa –  Tunnel Beaches – Lusty Glaze – Aruba Bournemouth – Beach Weddings Bournemouth – Marriott Bournemouth – Woburn Abbey – Coq d’Argent Old Government House –  The Belfry – Lains Barn – Maiden’s Barn – Tythe Barn – Cherwell Boathouse – Clearwell Castle – Farnham Castle – Knepp Castle – Athenaeum Club – The Eight Members Club – The Royal Automobile Club – The Elvetham – Queens Eyot – Great Fosters – Chelsea Physic Garden – Syon Park – Braxted Park – Crondon Park – Loseley Park – Buxted Park – Hartham Park – Northbrook Park – Orwell Park – Painshill Park – Pennyhill Park – Wasing Park – Blenheim Palace – Pinewood Studio – Sheraton Skyline – Inner Temple – Middle Temple – HMS Westminster

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